Education: Learning Without Drudgery

Though Cambridge, Mass, was the home town of three famous colleges (Harvard, Radcliffe, M.I.T.), its public schools were backward. In protest, Harvard's famed Philosopher William Ernest Hocking pulled his children out of them. On the sun porch of his home, in 1914, he and a Harvard colleague founded a school of their own. They and their wives taught and ran it themselves for a few years; but Shady Hill School grew too fast for them. It was then that Philosopher Hocking & Co. went looking for somebody to take over, and found a golden-haired schoolmarm named Katharine Taylor.

Last week Katharine Taylor...

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